Dr. Sean J. Upshaw, who completed his education at Howard University in 2018, holds the position of Assistant Professor at the Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Texas-Austin, within the Moody College of Communication. As an esteemed Edward Alexander Bouchet Scholar, he is known for his contributions to various academic journals such as Health Communication, Applied Communication Research, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Health Communication, Howard Journal of Communications, Patient Education & Counseling, and Journalism Studies. Dr. Upshaw's research delves into health disparities, with a special focus on culturally tailored health message design and interpretation, visual persuasion in health communication, cultural health literacy, and the representation of BIPOC communities in cultural-media. As an interdisciplinary scholar, he integrates health communication, medical illustration, anthropology, and media studies to understand how BIPOC communities comprehend and utilize health messages, particularly in the context of healthcare disparities. Recognized for his culture-centered approach in health communication, Dr. Upshaw employs qualitative research methodologies, including community-participatory and equity science approaches, to address health disparities and inequities within BIPOC populations. His noteworthy collaboration with Dr. Joel T. Adler on chronic kidney disease and structural barriers in Central Texas, impacting historically marginalized color communities, was featured in Mission Critical. Dr. Upshaw is an active member of various prestigious organizations, including the National Communication Association (NCA), the International Communication Association (ICA), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and the Association of Medical Illustration (AMI). [For more details on his work and collaborations, please visit: https://www.dellmedmissioncritical.com/adler-upshaw and https://ic2.utexas.edu/news/ic2-institute-launches-new-research-initiative-to-advance-the-well-being-economy/].
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